The Americo-Liberians’ religious rituals, social traditions, and cultural standards have their origins in the antebellum American South. The settlers dressed up in top hats and tails, and their houses were fashioned like those of Southern slaveowners. The Masonic Order of Liberia, which became highly engaged in the country’s politics, was home to the majority of Americo-Liberian males.
Because the immigrants carried their sewing and quilting talents with them, Liberia has a long and rich history in textile arts and quilting. National Fairs were held in Liberia in 1857 and 1858, with awards given for different needle arts. Martha Ann Ricks, a well-known Liberian quilter, presented Queen Victoria with a quilt depicting the famous Liberian coffee tree in 1892. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf allegedly had a Liberian-made blanket placed in her presidential office when she moved into the Executive Mansion.
Liberia has had a strong literary history for almost a century. Among Liberia’s most well-known writers are Edward Wilmot Blyden, Bai T. Moore, Roland T. Dempster, and Wilton G. S. Sankawulo. Liberia’s most well-known book is Moore’s novella Murder in the Cassava Patch.
Polygamous marriages are common among Liberian women between the ages of 15 and 49. Men are allowed to have up to four wives under customary law.
The country’s main meal, rice, is prominently included in Liberian cuisine. Cassava, fish, bananas, citrus fruit, plantains, coconut, okra, and sweet potatoes are among the other components. Heavy stews with habanero and scotch bonnet peppers are popular, and they’re served with fufu. Liberia also has a distinct baking history in West Africa, thanks to imports from the United States.
Liberia’s most popular sport is association football, and the country’s most renowned athlete is George Weah (the only African to be awarded FIFA World Player of the Year). Liberia has qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations on two occasions, in 1996 and 2002.
Basketball is Liberia’s second most popular sport. Liberia’s national basketball team has made two appearances in the AfroBasket, in 1983 and 2007.
The Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex is a multi-purpose stadium in Liberia. It holds FIFA World Cup qualification matches, international concerts, and national political events, among other things.